Facebook Status Update of Oleksandr Sosnytskyi, Donetsk, Posted April 17, 2014
(Translated from Ukrainian by William Risch)
For some reason, there’s been little attention paid to the demonstration for Ukrainian unity in Donetsk. Despite threats to demonstrators, including use of automatic rifles, despite the fact that the meeting place had to be changed three times (leading to people still coming after the meeting had already ended), around 5,000 people gathered.
There were indeed a lot of flags. Yes, there were much fewer women and more men, but it was a very respectable crowd.
A lot of people felt sorry they didn’t come; people really felt scared.
One of the best moments of the demonstration:
We were standing at a crosswalk at the light, and we had a few Ukrainian flags with us. Eight out of ten cars passing us greeted us with honks in solidarity. We stood there a long time. There were a lot of cars, a lot of honking. Petia’s girlfriend, though, noted that the “normal” cars greeted us, while the Lanoses and Zhygulis didn’t. Right then a Lanos passed by. Its driver was about 35 years old, and he had a dissatisfied look on his face. I told Petro that these kinds of people since turning 30 already have been dreaming of getting Russian pensions that are 2 times higher than Ukrainian ones.
People around us understood what I said.